A cat from the Burnsville community has tested positive for rabies, Dr. Fred Thompson, Anson County Health Director, reported on Monday morning.
The cat was taken to Brown Creek Animal Hospital for a sick visit. “A very attentive veterinarian, noting symptoms, made the decision to have the cat tested for rabies,” according to a press release from the Anson County Health Department.
“Upon the diagnosis, animal control personnel were informed that the cat had five kittens that had been given to new owners. Since these kittens had just been taken from the mother cat, they had to be quarantined and all contacts notified.”
The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health reported 205 animals testing positive for rabies from Jan. 1 to Aug. 7 — including one bobcat, five cats, two dogs, 19 bats, 24 foxes, 31 skunks and 123 raccoons.
“We know that we have rabies in the wildlife population; therefore, the most important thing pet owners can do is to vaccinate their animals,” Thompson said. “North Carolina General Statutes require that all dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months of age and older be kept current on their rabies vaccination. Owners who fail to vaccinate their pets can face fines and criminal charges. All pet owners, please be responsible and have your dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated to protect them from rabies.”
An important message from Dr. Thompson reminds pet owners that keeping their pets vaccinated creates a barrier between the rabies population and the human population. As there is no cure for rabies, keep vaccinations for your pets current in order to protect your pets, family and friends.
In response to the rabies case, a mini-rabies vaccination clinic will be held on Aug. 28, from 6-7 p.m. at the Burnsville General Store.